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If you’re stuck on a word problem, try writing a “word equation” first.

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In the GMAT Word Problems module, you will learn all of the concepts, techniques and strategies needed to answer word problems on the GMAT. In particular, the GMAT Word Problems module covers the following topics:

  • Assigning variables
  • Writing equations
  • Testing the answer choices
  • Age questions
  • Motion questions (distance-rate-time)
  • Work questions
  • Double-matrix & Venn diagrams
  • General sequences
  • Recursive sequences
  • Sums of sequences
  • Growth tables
  • Mixture/solution questions
  • Variables in the answer choices

 

GMAT WORD PROBLEMS VIDEOS

  • 1. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Word Problems (2:55)
  • 2. Lesson: Testing the Answer Choices (5:32) BUY
  • 3. Lesson: Assigning Variables (9:21) BUY
  • 4. Lesson: Writing Equations (8:16) BUY
  • 5. Question: Marge’s Chocolates (2:29) BUY
  • 6. Question: Nessa and Capri (3:01) BUY
  • 7. Lesson: How Many Variables to Assign (5:46) BUY
  • 8. Question: Hockey versus Football (2:33) BUY
  • 9. Lesson: Solving GMAT Age Questions (5:51)
  • 10. Question: Ages of Ebo and Atu (2:53)
  • 11. Lesson: Introduction to GMAT Motion Questions (9:38) BUY
  • 12. Lesson: Finding the Average Speed (6:15) BUY
  • 13. Question: Nani’s Average Speed (2:49) BUY
  • 14. Lesson: Multiple Trips or Multiple Travelers (9:29) BUY
  • 15. Question: Cole’s Travel Time (2:57) BUY
  • 16. Lesson: Shrinking and Expanding Gaps (3:31) BUY
  • 17. Question: Devi and Mark (4:39) BUY
  • 18. Lesson: Work Questions (8:51) BUY
  • 19. Question: Lawn Mowers (1:55) BUY
  • 20. Lesson: Double Matrix Method (4:33)
  • 21. Question: Gigacorp Managers (2:42)
  • 22. Lesson: 3-Criteria Venn Diagrams (6:15) BUY
  • 23. Question: Car Options (3:14) BUY
  • 24. Lesson: Introduction to Sequences (4:41) BUY
  • 25. Question: Sequence with k (1:31) BUY
  • 26. Lesson: Recursive Definitions of Terms (5:18) BUY
  • 27. Question: Find the Value of Term 4 (1:48) BUY
  • 28. Lesson: Sums of Sequences (4:47) BUY
  • 29. Question: Sum of 40 to 60 (3:17) BUY
  • 30. Lesson: Growth Tables (1:59) BUY
  • 31. Question: Hummingbird Feeder (2:15) BUY
  • 32. Lesson: Mixture Questions (5:39) BUY
  • 33. Question: Combining Solutions W and X (3:16) BUY
  • 34. Lesson: Variables in the Answer Choices (7:19) BUY
  • 35. Lesson: Tips for the Algebraic Approach (4:08) BUY
  • 36. Lesson: Tips for the Input-Output Approach (7:02) BUY
  • 37. Question: Elvira’s Tennis Wins (3:17) BUY
  • 38. Question: Taxi Ride (2:54) BUY
  • 39. Question: Figs and Prunes (2:18) BUY
  • 40. Question: Plates and Bowls (3:03) BUY
  • 41. Question: Find the Value of Term 10 (1:52) BUY
  • 42. Question: Curt & Omar Paint a Fence (2:39) BUY
  • 43. Question: Multiples of 5 (0:54) BUY
  • 44. Question: Hotel Air Conditioning & Cable (3:16)
  • 45. Question: Rani’s Average Speed (3:30) BUY
  • 46. Question: Nut Mix (3:01) BUY
  • 47. Question: Rugby Players & Chess Players (2:43) BUY
  • 48. Question: Bill and Ted in a Race (3:58) BUY
Total viewing time for the GMAT Word Problems module: 202 minutes.

Additional Practice

Practice the skills and GMAT-specific strategies you learned in this module by answering the following categorized questions for GMAT Word Problems:

Official Guide for GMAT Review (13th edition)
Problem Solving: 4, 25, 29, 34, 38, 49, 56, 60, 64, 71, 79, 81, 83, 86, 88, 89, 90, 93, 96, 103, 105, 108, 113, 114, 119, 126, 131, 136, 137, 139, 140, 144, 153, 158, 160, 162, 167, 168, 171, 172, 177, 178, 181, 184, 185, 186, 189, 190, 198, 201, 203, 205, 207, 212, 214, 222, 224

Data Sufficiency: 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 18, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 33, 34, 44, 45, 49, 51, 54, 57, 61, 64, 65, 66, 68, 71, 76, 78, 88, 90, 91, 93, 94, 105, 106, 107, 108, 115, 116, 127, 132, 134, 137, 138, 141, 142, 151, 153, 158, 161, 163, 174

Official Guide for GMAT Review (12th edition)
Problem Solving: 6, 21, 26, 31, 34, 59, 65, 74, 77, 80, 81, 84, 85, 86, 90, 91, 94, 101, 115, 120, 124, 126, 127, 129, 138, 140, 141, 146, 149, 153, 154, 155, 156, 157, 163, 165, 166, 167, 170, 171, 175, 178, 179, 183, 186, 193, 195, 196, 200, 202, 204, 206, 211, 220, 221, 223, 228

Data Sufficiency: 2, 4, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 19, 21, 22, 25, 27, 33, 39, 40, 45, 48, 50, 54, 55, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 67, 68, 70, 71, 77, 78, 85, 87, 88, 92, 101, 102, 103, 104, 112, 113, 118, 119, 123, 124, 126, 127, 131, 137, 138, 142, 143, 145, 152, 155, 158, 174

Official Guide for GMAT Quantitative Review (2nd edition)
Problem Solving: 2, 3, 11, 13, 16, 18, 22, 23, 25, 34, 35, 37, 49, 54, 56, 61, 62, 64, 67, 69, 73, 75, 87, 90, 114, 115, 118, 119, 120, 124, 127, 130, 131, 136, 138, 140, 142, 146, 154, 155, 165, 167, 171, 173

Data Sufficiency: 5, 6, 7, 9, 13, 26, 27, 29, 33, 38, 44, 47, 50, 55, 63, 67, 71, 75, 84, 85, 97, 107, 108, 111, 116, 117
 

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